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Study seeks origins of derelict fishing gear that haunts Hawaii’s shores

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Pacific University researchers from the Center for Marine Debris Research are sorting and analyzing 40-plus tons of marine debris and litter, including huge ghost nets, retrieved from the ocean at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Andrew McWhirter, left, Raquel Corniuk and Isabel Spann sort out netting at HPU.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii Pacific University researchers from the Center for Marine Debris Research are sorting and analyzing 40-plus tons of marine debris and litter, including huge ghost nets, retrieved from the ocean at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Andrew McWhirter, left, Raquel Corniuk and Isabel Spann sort out netting at HPU.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Ghost nets and other debris sit in a shed at Hawaii Pacific University’s Center for Marine Debris Research in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Researchers are conducting a study that is attempting to trace derelict fishing gear that washes ashore in Hawaii back to the manufacturers and fisheries that it came from.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Ghost nets and other debris sit in a shed at Hawaii Pacific University’s Center for Marine Debris Research in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Researchers are conducting a study that is attempting to trace derelict fishing gear that washes ashore in Hawaii back to the manufacturers and fisheries that it came from.

‘Ghost nets” from unknown origins drift among the Pacific’s currents, threatening sea creatures and littering shorelines with the entangled remains of what they kill. Read more

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